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Role of the African Council for Distance Education in Fostering Quality Assurance in Open and Distance Learning in Africa

O Rotimi
J Sanusi


The African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) was established to promote research, policy and quality in open and distance learning (ODL), so as to increase access to education and training in Africa. This paper discusses the role of the council in fostering establishment of a quality assurance and accreditation agency (QAAA) aimed at addressing concerns for quality in ODL on the continent, so that the society can have confidence in it. The paper discusses the context within which establishment of the council and development of the QAAA were necessitated as well as the policy framework within which the QAAA is being developed. The challenges being experienced in implementing the project are examined and recommendations towards their resolution, and ensuring the success and sustainability of the agency, are made.

Keywords: Quality assurance; Open and distance learning; Accreditation; ACDE

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eISSN: 2707-6113
print ISSN: 1816-6822